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15Nov. 2013

Webber and Grinnell Takes the Lead in Local United Way Campaigns

The Webber and Grinnell Insurance agency continues its long-standing tradition of giving back to the community as two key employees lead the United Way’s 2014 fundraising efforts in the Pioneer Valley.

Bill Grinnell was recently named co-chair of the United Way of Hampshire County’s 2014 campaign. The United Way has set a fundraising goal of $1.275 million for this year’s drive, entitled “Advancing the Common Good in Hampshire County”. Bill is teaming up with co-chair Peter Jessop, co-owner of Integrity Development and Construction in Amherst, to help the organization reach their goal by the end of the drive in June.

The United Way supports services that focus on three areas: health and safety, economic security and programs for family and youth. “My donation to the United Way benefits all the agencies that they support,” said Bill. “That’s why I like giving to them. They have a team of volunteers that spends time interviewing agencies and measuring their impact on our community.” According to Bill, his association with the United Way started long before he joined the agency in 1988.

As co-chair, he will help brainstorm fundraising opportunities and educate current and potential donors about the United Way’s local impact. “Since I wholeheartedly support their mission, it makes it very easy for me to communicate to others about it,” Bill said.

For the second straight year, Mat Geffin, Vice President of Business Development at Webber and Grinnell, will chair the Pioneer Valley United Way’s annual campaign.

The Pioneer Valley chapter of the United Way serves all of Hampden County, as well as South Hadley and Granby. This year’s campaign goal is $6.2 million, a 10% increase over last year.

Mat enjoys how the duties of his chairperson role relate to his professional work. “It actually draws many parallels to sales,” he said. “It involves making introductions, opening doors and getting people organized to help grow the numbers.”

The funds raised will help support agencies that promote health, financial stability and education in Hampden County. Emergency services and the Massachusetts Help Line 211 are also funded by the United Way of Pioneer Valley.

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